As sepsis continues to be a major cause of death representing a substantial healthcare burden, Vizient hosted a performance improvement collaborative focused on sepsis early recognition. Shannon Hale explores guidelines and best practices with collaborative participant Amy Lorenz of Covenant HealthCare.
Lead Quality Improvement Specialist
Performance Improvement Collaboratives Director
[01:03] Covenant Healthcare identified sepsis fallouts in order to enhance education related to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines.
[01:59] Covenant created an online reference tool — a sepsis awareness page —to communicate about guideline revisions and fallout areas with all clinical staff.
[03:27] The sepsis awareness page was promoted to educate clinical staff and ensure usage.
[04:08] Executive and physician-driven support strongly enriched the collaboration.
[05:06] Covenant provides sepsis awareness page data monthly.
[05:40] Lack of education about and awareness of the CMS guidelines has been the greatest challenge.